2019-02-21: News Headlines

Russell Mokhiber (2019-02-21). With Monsanto and Glyphosate on the Run AAAS Revokes Award to Scientists Whose Studies Led to Ban on Weedkiller in Sri Lanka and Other Countries. counterpunch.org The popular weedkiller glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is on the run. Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) last week called for a ban. "We need to ban all products containing glyphosate, including Roundup," Gabbard tweeted on February 16. "It's poisoning our people, butterflies and other insects, the land and the water." More

South Front (2019-02-21). Russia to Press for Putting "White Helmets" on Trial for Crimes in Syria. globalresearch.ca Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry's department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an

Science for Peace (2019-02-21). Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO. globalresearch.ca Hon. Lloyd Longfield MP | February 20, 2019 | Dear Lloyd, | I am a longstanding member of Science for Peace, Canada's most renowned scientific community for peace research and advocacy over more than 30 years centered in the Department of Physics of …

George Zornick (2019-02-21). Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats. thenation.com Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats…

Michael Kazin (2019-02-21). The Southern Paradox: The Democratic Party Below the Mason-Dixon Line. thenation.com The Southern Paradox: The Democratic Party Below the Mason-Dixon Line…

Roger Hickey (2019-02-21). Resisting Trump Is Not Enough: 20,000 Activists Ask Democratic Candidates Where They Stand on Bold Agenda. commondreams.org Over 90 well-known veterans of the successful 2018 campaign have signed a bold new Pledge to Fight for Good Jobs, Sustainable Prosperity and Economic Justice. (Image: Campaign for America's Future) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-02-21). German Left Party backs European Union. wsws.org In advance of its congress this weekend, the Left Party (Die Linke) has removed all criticism of the European Union from its European election programme.

Peace Action of San Mateo County (2019-02-21). Screening of the video of 'Drawdown' about reversing climate change. indybay.org Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94402…

WSWS (2019-02-21). Sixteen Democratic-led states file lawsuit against Trump's national emergency. wsws.org As the faction fight in the ruling class intensifies, the legal question the courts will answer is: can the president usurp the powers of the legislature?

WSWS (2019-02-21). Florida state senator calls for National Guard to be deployed on the streets of Jacksonville in response to recent spate of violence. wsws.org The call for martial law shows that the Democrats, no less than the Republicans, have nothing but contempt for constitutional protections and will utilize any excuse to institute police state measures.

Pacific Life Community (2019-02-21). Nonviolent Direct Action at Lockheed Martin For a Peaceful & Nuclear-Free World. indybay.org Meet at the corner of North Mathilda Ave and West Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA…

RT (2019-02-21). 'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists. rt.com Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures.

Tyler Durden (2019-02-21). Bernie Sanders Raised $6 Million In One Day After Launching Campaign. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Just one day after officially launching his campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination during an interview on Vermont Public Radio, Bernie Sanders has already raised more than $6 million through more than 220,000 individual contributions, according to CNN. Sanders, who consistently ranks near the top of most polls alongside former Vice President Joe Biden, saw the money pour …

WSWS (2019-02-21). Teamsters locals use anti-democratic loopholes and deceit to impose sellout agreements. wsws.org Adding insult to injury following the imposition of the national UPS contract last year, the Teamsters union is using anti-democratic procedures to ram through local supplemental agreements by overriding the express will of the membership.

WSWS (2019-02-21). Feds arrest fascist Coast Guard officer who plotted to kill socialists and Democrats. wsws.org Court filings read, "The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."

teleSUR (2019-02-20). UK Teen Stripped of Citizenship for Marrying IS Group Fighter. telesurenglish.net Britain stripped a teenager who traveled abroad to join Islamic State Group of her citizenship on security grounds, triggering a row over the ramifications of leaving a 19-year-old mother with a religious extremist fighter's child to fend for herself in a war zone. | RELATED: | Karl Marx Gravestone Defaced For 2nd Time in 2 Weeks | The fate of Shamima Begum, wh…

Anthony DiMaggio (2019-02-20). Withdrawal Pains and Syrian Civil War: An Analysis of U.S. Media Discourse. counterpunch.org President Donald Trump's announced withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. combat troops from Syria is being met with strong criticism from the U.S. military establishment. [1] The attacks on withdrawal are reiterated in U.S. mass media outlets as well. Nowhere is this clearer than in the editorials of the paper of national record — the New York Times. The More

South Front (2019-02-20). Video: Staged Chemical Attack Videos and Other Trends in Modern Propaganda. globalresearch.ca The scandal regarding the fake hospital video published by the White Helmets as a proof of the Douma chemical attack has reached its peak in the media and has caused reaction on the diplomatic level. | On February 13, BBC Syria's …

Norman Solomon (2019-02-20). What the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Means for Progressives. counterpunch.org Presidential candidate Kamala Harris began this week in the nation's first primary state by proclaiming what she isn't. "The people of New Hampshire will tell me what's required to compete in New Hampshire," she said, "but I will tell you I am not a democratic socialist." Harris continued: "I believe that what voters do want is they More

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-20). Witnesses campaign for equal pay bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—For the first time in a decade, legislation to put teeth into the nation's 56-year-old equal pay law, appears headed for real debate, votes and passage by the Democratic-run U.S. House. How far it gets beyond that is up to forces beyond the control of its congressional backers. Foes include congressional Republicans — who run …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race. democracynow.org House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-20). Impeachable offenses? Mountains of evidence point to Trump's obstruction of justice. peoplesworld.org The New York Times expose on Trump's obstruction of justice came out right after nationwide protests against the president's illegal and unconstitutional power grab, a declaration of national emergency designed to steal money already appropriated by Congress to meet national needs into the president's unpopular wall project. | LM Otero/AP | Another preliminary report, released Feb. 19 by the committee staff, exposes extreme Trump administration efforts — including by Flynn — to create "A Marshall Plan for the Middle East," built around arming the Saudis with nuclear reactors and associated technology.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-20). Perez, DNC Chair, repeats party fealty to labor with add-ons. peoplesworld.org

Doug Johnson Hatlem (2019-02-20). "Electability" is Real (Unless Married with the Junk Science of Ideological Spectrum Analysis). counterpunch.org If electability were dependent on how moderate a candidate is, or is perceived to be, Jimmy Carter would likely have won a second term. We also likely would have had Presidents Mondale, Kerry, McCain, Romney and President Hillary Clinton. Maybe also President Gore. Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi is disgusted with the way "electability" was used More

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

CFJPIME (2019-02-20). Survey Reveals Many Jewish Canadians Critical of Israel. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) welcomes the results of a national survey co-sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) and United Jewish People's Order (UJPO) on Jewish Canadians opinion to…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-02-20). Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold? commondreams.org This policy of reconciliation is far from the one promoted by the U.S. government. (Photo: Screenshot/Peace Action) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-02-20). Venezuela: Massive Bolivarian March For Peace And Sovereignty. telesurenglish.net Diosdado Cabello, president of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) headed a new episode of the massive March for Peace that filled the streets of Ciudad Bolivar, in the Bolivar state that borders with Brasil and Guyana. | RELATED: | Facts Refuting Claims of 'Humanitarian Crisis' in Venezuela | "Venezuela is a country of warriors that will stand against anybody," stated Cabello, form the Angostura Bridge on the border with Brazil. The Chavista leader called upon the Bo…

Paul Dobson (2019-02-20). Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel: 'Over Our Dead Bodies'. venezuelanalysis.com The government also announced a rival peace concert and plans to supply food and medical attention to poor Colombians as the border heats up.

William Bowles (2019-02-20). 'K' Metamorphoses into 'G'. "We must Take Away your Freedom in Order to Preserve It" globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on April 24, 2004. | Author's note: | What the British Labour government initiated in 2004 has now reached, not only fruition but is now sweeping the 'democratic' West as the crisis of capital intensifies and …

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-20). White House Plan to Sell Saudis Nuclear Technology May Be Illegal. truthout.org House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf fi…

Kei Pritsker (2019-02-20). Watch | A Millennial's Guide to Promoting Regime Change in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com If you've been following developments in Venezuela, by now you've probably seen a video put together by viral YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann. In the video, Hausmann says she's fed up with disinformation about Venezuela currently spreading online and says she's going to set the record straight. The points she makes are all generic mainstream talking points, and upon further investigation, her arguments don't really hold up. | Hausmann's argument goes as follows: | What's happening in the country is not a U.S.-backed coup | Not an ideological fight | The people just want democratic elections | Juan Guaido did…

Steve Phillips (2019-02-20). Is Trump a Racist? thenation.com Is Trump a Racist?

Nina Agrawal (2019-02-20). Military Coups, Regime Change…: The CIA Has Interfered In Over 81 Foreign Elections… globalresearch.ca Timely article first posted on Global Research in January 2017, prior to the inauguration of president Donald Trump. | *** | The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and …

Brett Barrouquere and Heidi Beirich (2019-02-20). Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets. splcenter.org An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service's Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.

Chris Kanthan (2019-02-20). Military, Deep State and the American Innocence. globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Incisive and timely article first posted by Global Research on July 22, 2018 | While only 11% of Americans trust Congress, a whopping 74% have a "great deal or quite a lot …

commondreams (2019-02-20). This Week, Americans Will Urge Their Representatives in Congress to Support Democracy Reform. commondreams.org ______________________________…

STAFF (2019-02-20). Muslim Group Seeks Congressional Probe on Terror Watchlist. truthdig.com FALLS CHURCH, Va.—A Muslim civil rights group called for a congressional investigation Wednesday after its lawsuit revealed that the U.S. government has shared its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities. | The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Congress should look into why the FBI has given such wide access to the list, which CAIR believes is riddled with errors. Broad dissemination of the names makes life more difficult for those who are wrongly included, CAIR says. Many on the list are believed to be Muslim. | "This is a wholesale profiling…

George Ochenski (2019-02-20). Unconstitutional Power Grabs. counterpunch.org It's President's Day and boy could we use a new president. In his off-the-rails declaration of a national emergency so he can use funds Congress appropriated for other purposes to build some version of his phony border wall, Donald Trump has crossed the line on separation of powers and the constitutional authority of the president. More

teleSUR (2019-02-20). Bill To Ban Child Marriages Moves Forward in Brazilian Senate. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian Senate approved a bill Wednesday that prohibits the marriage of children under 16. Brazil has the highest rate of child marriages in Latin America. | RELATED: | Indigenous Territory Invasions, Threats Worsen Under Bolsonaro | According to Agencia Brasil, the bill said exceptions would be allowed when parents or guardians of the children authorize the marriages. This clause is preserved in the Civil Code of the country. | Laura Carneiro, the former federal lawmaker…

Adam Lee (2019-02-20). William Barr confirmed as US Attorney General. naacp.org On February 14, 2019, the United States Senate voted, by a margin of 54 yeas to 45 nays, in support of the confirmation of NAACP-opposed William P. Barr to be the Attorney General of the United States. He was sworn in later that day. To see why the NAACP opposed this nomination and how each …

Russell Mokhiber (2019-02-20). Citizens Arrested Calling Out Manchin on Rockwool. counterpunch.org More than 30 West Virginians gathered in the Senate office of Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) this past week demanding a meeting and demanding that Manchin stop dragging his feet and take a stand on the Rockwool industrial facility planned for Jefferson County. Manchin staff said he was in meetings. Citizens said they would wait. More

RT (2019-02-20). Roseanne Barr calls AOC 'bug-eyed Farrakhan loving b***h' in expletive laden YouTube rant (VIDEO). rt.com Scandal-prone former sitcom star Roseanne Barr let loose against leftist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her 'green new deal' with a torrent of obscenities that would impress Gordon Ramsay. |

Briahna Gray (2019-02-20). Beyond the Rising Tide: Reparations for Slavery Have to Be More Than a Symbol. theintercept.com The problem isn't that universal programs can't close the racial wealth gap. It's that the programs backed by the Democratic Party don't go far enough.

RT (2019-02-20). Trump refuses to let 'remorseful ISIS wife from Alabama' back into US, setting Twitter on fire. rt.com US President Donald Trump has refused to take in the New Jersey-born ISIS bride pleading to be allowed back into the US now that the terror group is all but destroyed in Syria, sparking an avalanche of mixed reactions on Twitter.

susan_p (2019-02-20). Trump's 'national emergency' power grab. greenleft.org.au President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" to stop what he calls an "invasion" of drugs, sex traffickers, murderers and other criminals at the border with Mexico by building a wall between both countries. | Trump says he will use the national emergency to allocate more than US$8 billion to begin to build his wall, which Congress has explicitly denied him. This is a direct challenge to the constitutional power of Congress to say how federal funds it authorises are spent, the "power of the purse". | It is part of his drive to further his personal power — to move toward an increasingly authoritaria…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-20). The Arms Trade Is Intensifying Under Trump. truthout.org The revolving door between public officials and defense contractors has long distorted U.S. foreign policy to serve war profiteers at the expense of the public interest and basic humanitarian norms. From U.S. weaponry ending up in the hands of ISIS, to supplying arms fueling civil conflict and therefore contributing to the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen, the lack of oversight on arms deals has enabled human right…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-02-20). With Trump Beating War Drums, Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Back Diplomacy With Iran. commondreams.org Amid rampant warnings that "the drums of war are beating" since President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

amnesty (2019-02-20). The hidden victims of repression — how activists and reporters can protect themselves from secondary trauma. amnesty.org Peaceful protest has long been a way for ordinary people to take a stand against hate, injustice, and corruption. The contentious issues — and types of repression meted out — may change with the times, but the violence itself remains a constant. | Sweeping crackdowns on protest in Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela in recent weeks serve as a reminder of the violence people face when they dare to speak out. Governments continue to unleash an arsenal of tools to suppress dissidents, from batons and pipes, to tear gas and even live bullets. As the death tolls in these countries mount, so does a growing sense…

Jessica Corbett (2019-02-20). 'Operation Divide the Left': 2020 DNC Influence Campaign May Already Underway. theantimedia.com (CD) — As the pool of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president continues to grow, so does a "sustained and ongoing" push to spread lies about them on social media—with one key aim being to sow division among progressive voters—according to an alarming Politico report published Wednesday. Citing analyses by and conversations with data scientists and digital campaign strategists, …

2019-02-21: Social Media Postees

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With Monsanto and Glyphosate on the Run AAAS Revokes Award to Scientists Whose Studies Led to Ban on Weedkiller in Sri Lanka and Other Countries
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-21
The popular weedkiller glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is on the run. Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) last week called for a ban. "We need to ban all products containing glyphosate, including Roundup," Gabbard tweeted on February 16. "It's poisoning our people, butterflies and other insects, the land and the water."
counterpunch.org/2019/02/21/with-monsant…

Russia to Press for Putting "White Helmets" on Trial for Crimes in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry's department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an …
globalresearch.ca/russia-to-press-for-pu…

Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO
Science for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-21
Hon. Lloyd Longfield MP | February 20, 2019 | Dear Lloyd, | I am a longstanding member of Science for Peace, Canada's most renowned scientific community for peace research and advocacy over more than 30 years centered in the Department of Physics of …
globalresearch.ca/why-canada-should-with…

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats
George Zornick | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
Elizabeth Warren Is Not Afraid of the Democrats…
thenation.com/article/warren-democrats-o…

Resisting Trump Is Not Enough: 20,000 Activists Ask Democratic Candidates Where They Stand on Bold Agenda
Roger Hickey | commondreams.org | 2019-02-21
Over 90 well-known veterans of the successful 2018 campaign have signed a bold new Pledge to Fight for Good Jobs, Sustainable Prosperity and Economic Justice. (Image: Campaign for America's Future) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/21/resist…

The Southern Paradox: The Democratic Party Below the Mason-Dixon Line
Michael Kazin | thenation.com | 2019-02-21
The Southern Paradox: The Democratic Party Below the Mason-Dixon Line…
thenation.com/article/democratic-party-i…

Bernie Sanders Raised $6 Million In One Day After Launching Campaign
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-21
(ZH) — Just one day after officially launching his campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination during an interview on Vermont Public Radio, Bernie Sanders has already raised more than $6 million through more than 220,000 individual contributions, according to CNN. Sanders, who consistently ranks near the top of most polls alongside former Vice President Joe Biden, saw the money pour …

Bernie Sanders Raised $6 Million In One Day After Launching Campaign

German Left Party backs European Union
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
In advance of its congress this weekend, the Left Party (Die Linke) has removed all criticism of the European Union from its European election programme.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/21/left…

'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures. | …
rt.com/usa/452033-coast-guard-officer-te…

DR Congo: Police Killed, 'Disappeared' 34 Youth
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-21

| February 20, 2019 Video | Video: Police Abduct, Strangle, Disappear Young Men and Boys in Congo: | Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily killed at least 27 young men and boys and forcibly disappeared 7 others during an anti-crime campaign between May and September 2018. The campaign, known among the police as "Operation Likofi IV," targeted alleged gang membe…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/21/dr-congo-police-…

Florida state senator calls for National Guard to be deployed on the streets of Jacksonville in response to recent spate of violence
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
The call for martial law shows that the Democrats, no less than the Republicans, have nothing but contempt for constitutional protections and will utilize any excuse to institute police state measures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/21/jack…

Teamsters locals use anti-democratic loopholes and deceit to impose sellout agreements
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
Adding insult to injury following the imposition of the national UPS contract last year, the Teamsters union is using anti-democratic procedures to ram through local supplemental agreements by overriding the express will of the membership.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/21/team…

Screening of the video of 'Drawdown' about reversing climate change
Peace Action of San Mateo County | indybay.org | 2019-02-21
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo | 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue | San Mateo, CA 94402…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/1882130…

Sixteen Democratic-led states file lawsuit against Trump's national emergency
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
As the faction fight in the ruling class intensifies, the legal question the courts will answer is: can the president usurp the powers of the legislature?
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/21/suit…

Feds arrest fascist Coast Guard officer who plotted to kill socialists and Democrats
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
Court filings read, "The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/21/hass…

Nonviolent Direct Action at Lockheed Martin For a Peaceful & Nuclear-Free World
Pacific Life Community | indybay.org | 2019-02-21
Meet at the corner of North Mathilda Ave and West Java Drive, Sunnyvale, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/20/1882129…

Withdrawal Pains and Syrian Civil War: An Analysis of U.S. Media Discourse
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
President Donald Trump's announced withdrawal of 2,000 U.S. combat troops from Syria is being met with strong criticism from the U.S. military establishment. [1] The attacks on withdrawal are reiterated in U.S. mass media outlets as well. Nowhere is this clearer than in the editorials of the paper of national record — the New York Times. The…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/20/withdrawal-p…

Video: Staged Chemical Attack Videos and Other Trends in Modern Propaganda
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
The scandal regarding the fake hospital video published by the White Helmets as a proof of the Douma chemical attack has reached its peak in the media and has caused reaction on the diplomatic level. | On February 13, BBC Syria's …
globalresearch.ca/video-staged-chemical-…

What the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Means for Progressives
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
Presidential candidate Kamala Harris began this week in the nation's first primary state by proclaiming what she isn't. "The people of New Hampshire will tell me what's required to compete in New Hampshire," she said, "but I will tell you I am not a democratic socialist." Harris continued:…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/20/what-the-ber…

Survey Reveals Many Jewish Canadians Critical of Israel
CFJPIME | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) welcomes the results of a national survey co-sponsored by Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) and United Jewish People's Order (UJPO) on Jewish Canadians opinion to…
globalresearch.ca/survey-reveals-many-je…

Venezuela: Massive Bolivarian March For Peace And Sovereignty
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Diosdado Cabello, president of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) headed a new episode of the massive March for Peace that filled the streets of Ciudad Bolivar, in the Bolivar state that borders with Brasil and Guyana. | RELATED: | Facts Refuting Claims of 'Humanitarian Crisis' in Venezuela | "Venezuela is a country of warriors that will stand against anybody," stated Cabello, form the Angostura Bridge on the border with Brazil. The Chavista leader called upon the Bo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Massiv…

Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran
Peace Action | peaceaction.org | 2019-02-20
Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …
peaceaction.org/2019/02/20/statement-of-…

Venezuelan Military Reject Trump's Incitement to Rebel: 'Over Our Dead Bodies'
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-20
The government also announced a rival peace concert and plans to supply food and medical attention to poor Colombians as the border heats up.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14340

Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold?
Lawrence Wittner | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
This policy of reconciliation is far from the one promoted by the U.S. government. (Photo: Screenshot/Peace Action) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/02/20/should…

Witnesses campaign for equal pay bill
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-20
WASHINGTON–For the first time in a decade, legislation to put teeth into the nation's 56-year-old equal pay law, appears headed for real debate, votes and passage by the Democratic-run U.S. House. How far it gets beyond that is up to forces beyond the control of its congressional backers. Foes include congressional Republicans — who run …
peoplesworld.org/article/witnesses-campa…

Military Coups, Regime Change…: The CIA Has Interfered In Over 81 Foreign Elections
Nina Agrawal | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Timely article first posted on Global Research in January 2017, prior to the inauguration of president Donald Trump. | *** | The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and …
globalresearch.ca/military-coups-regime-…

'K' Metamorphoses into 'G'. "We must Take Away your Freedom in Order to Preserve It"
William Bowles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
This article was originally published on April 24, 2004. | Author's note: | What the British Labour government initiated in 2004 has now reached, not only fruition but is now sweeping the 'democratic' West as the crisis of capital intensifies and …
globalresearch.ca/k-metamorphoses-into-g…

Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets
Brett Barrouquere and Heidi Beirich | splcenter.org | 2019-02-20
An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service's Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/20/feds-…

White House Plan to Sell Saudis Nuclear Technology May Be Illegal
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-20
House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf fi…
truthout.org/video/secretive-talks-to-se…

Is Trump a Racist?
Steve Phillips | thenation.com | 2019-02-20
Is Trump a Racist?
thenation.com/article/donald-trump-racis…

Trump Admin's Secretive Talks to Sell Saudi Arabia Nuclear Technology Spark New Fear of Arms Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-20
House Democrats are accusing the Trump administration of moving toward transferring highly sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of U.S. law. Critics say the deal could endanger national security while enriching close allies of President Trump. Saudi Arabia is considering building as many as 16 nuclear power plants by 2030, but many critics fear the kingdom could use the technology to develop nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We speak with Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna of California and Isaac Arnsdorf, a reporter with ProPublica. Arnsdorf first…
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Watch | A Millennial's Guide to Promoting Regime Change in Venezuela
Kei Pritsker | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-20
If you've been following developments in Venezuela, by now you've probably seen a video put together by viral YouTube comedian Joanna Hausmann. In the video, Hausmann says she's fed up with disinformation about Venezuela currently spreading online and says she's going to set the record straight. The points she makes are all generic mainstream talking points, and upon further investigation, her arguments don't really hold up. | Hausmann's argument goes as follows: | What's happening in the country is not a U.S.-backed coup | Not an ideological fight | The people just want democratic elections | Juan Guaido did…
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Impeachable offenses? Mountains of evidence point to Trump's obstruction of justice
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-20
The New York Times expose on Trump's obstruction of justice came out right after nationwide protests against the president's illegal and unconstitutional power grab, a declaration of national emergency designed to steal money already appropriated by Congress to meet national needs into the president's unpopular wall project. | LM Otero/AP | Another preliminary report, released Feb. 19 by the committee staff, exposes extreme Trump administration efforts — including by Flynn — to create "A Marshall Plan for the Middle East," built around arming the Saudis with nuclear reactors and associated technology.
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This Week, Americans Will Urge Their Representatives in Congress to Support Democracy Reform
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
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Unconstitutional Power Grabs
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
It's President's Day and boy could we use a new president. In his off-the-rails declaration of a national emergency so he can use funds Congress appropriated for other purposes to build some version of his phony border wall, Donald Trump has crossed the line on separation of powers and the constitutional authority of the president.
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Military, Deep State and the American Innocence
Chris Kanthan | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-20
Note to readers: please click the share buttons above | Incisive and timely article first posted by Global Research on July 22, 2018 | While only 11% of Americans trust Congress, a whopping 74% have a "great deal or quite a lot …
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Muslim Group Seeks Congressional Probe on Terror Watchlist
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-20
FALLS CHURCH, Va.–A Muslim civil rights group called for a congressional investigation Wednesday after its lawsuit revealed that the U.S. government has shared its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities. | The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Congress should look into why the FBI has given such wide access to the list, which CAIR believes is riddled with errors. Broad dissemination of the names makes life more difficult for those who are wrongly included, CAIR says. Many on the list are believed to be Muslim. | "This is a wholesale profiling…
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Perez, DNC Chair, repeats party fealty to labor with add-ons
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-20
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William Barr confirmed as US Attorney General
Adam Lee | naacp.org | 2019-02-20
On February 14, 2019, the United States Senate voted, by a margin of 54 yeas to 45 nays, in support of the confirmation of NAACP-opposed William P. Barr to be the Attorney General of the United States. He was sworn in later that day. To see why the NAACP opposed this nomination and how each …
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Bill To Ban Child Marriages Moves Forward in Brazilian Senate
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
The Brazilian Senate approved a bill Wednesday that prohibits the marriage of children under 16. Brazil has the highest rate of child marriages in Latin America. | RELATED: | Indigenous Territory Invasions, Threats Worsen Under Bolsonaro | According to Agencia Brasil, the bill said exceptions would be allowed when parents or guardians of the children authorize the marriages. This clause is preserved in the Civil Code of the country. | Laura Carneiro, the former federal lawmaker…
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Citizens Arrested Calling Out Manchin on Rockwool
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
More than 30 West Virginians gathered in the Senate office of Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) this past week demanding a meeting and demanding that Manchin stop dragging his feet and take a stand on the Rockwool industrial facility planned for Jefferson County. Manchin staff said he was in meetings. Citizens said they would wait.
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"Electability" is Real (Unless Married with the Junk Science of Ideological Spectrum Analysis)
Doug Johnson Hatlem | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-20
If electability were dependent on how moderate a candidate is, or is perceived to be, Jimmy Carter would likely have won a second term. We also likely would have had Presidents Mondale, Kerry, McCain, Romney and President Hillary Clinton. Maybe also President Gore. Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi is disgusted with the way "electability" was used…
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Somaliland: Free Poet Detained for Critical Poems
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-20
Abdirahman Abees. | © 2019 Private | (Nairobi, February 19, 2019) — Somaliland authorities should immediately and unconditionally release from arbitrary detention Abdirahman Ibrahim Adan, a poet known as "Abdirahman Abees," Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Abdirahman, a popular Somaliland poet and British dual citizen, has been held at the central prison in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, for over a month, solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression.
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Trump's 'national emergency' power grab
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-20
President Donald Trump declared a "national emergency" to stop what he calls an "invasion" of drugs, sex traffickers, murderers and other criminals at the border with Mexico by building a wall between both countries. | Trump says he will use the national emergency to allocate more than US$8 billion to begin to build his wall, which Congress has explicitly denied him. This is a direct challenge to the constitutional power of Congress to say how federal funds it authorises are spent, the "power of the purse". | It is part of his drive to further his personal power — to move toward an increasingly authoritaria…
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With Trump Beating War Drums, Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Sanctions, Back Diplomacy With Iran
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Amid rampant warnings that "the drums of war are beating" since President Donald Trump ditched the Iran nuclear deal last year, more than 50 pro-democracy groups representing millions of Americans are calling on members of Congress to rein in the Trump administration's hawkish policy toward Iran—which has included crippling economic sanctions—and instead push for diplomacy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump refuses to let 'remorseful ISIS wife from Alabama' back into US, setting Twitter on fire
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
US President Donald Trump has refused to take in the New Jersey-born ISIS bride pleading to be allowed back into the US now that the terror group is all but destroyed in Syria, sparking an avalanche of mixed reactions on Twitter. | …
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Beyond the Rising Tide: Reparations for Slavery Have to Be More Than a Symbol
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2019-02-20
The problem isn't that universal programs can't close the racial wealth gap. It's that the programs backed by the Democratic Party don't go far enough.
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'Operation Divide the Left': Analysis Shows 2020 Online Disinformation Campaign Already Well Underway
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
As the pool of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president continues to grow, so does a "sustained and ongoing" push to spread lies about them on social media—with one key aim being to sow division among progressive voters—according to an alarming Politico report published Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US 'Hypocrisy' Decried as Report Shows Same Trump Team Attacking Iran Deal Pushed to Give Saudis Nuclear Secrets
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-20
Iran's foreign minister denounced on Wednesday what he framed as "U.S. hypocrisy" following a report from House Democrats accusing the Trump administration of pushing to build—while skirting federal law, ethics concerns, and Congressional review—dozens of nuclear reactors across Saudi Arabia. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Roseanne Barr calls AOC 'bug-eyed Farrakhan loving b***h' in expletive laden YouTube rant (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
Scandal-prone former sitcom star Roseanne Barr let loose against leftist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her 'green new deal' with a torrent of obscenities that would impress Gordon Ramsay. | …
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